23 12, 2016

‘Tis the Season to Emulate the Divine

Whether you think of it as an entity, an energy, the unified field in quantum physics, or mother nature, the divine intelligence that governs all of this three-dimensional reality into order embodies unity and oneness. At all times this energy of wholeness and love is both within us and all around us, but we only become aware of it when we rest our attention on it. With the holidays upon us, it’s a perfect time to emulate the divine, because as we emulate it, we become more like it. If we look at mother nature, as an example, in its [...]

9 12, 2016

Remember To Thank Your Future Self This Holiday Season

We are fast approaching what for many people is not only the busiest time of year, but also the most stressful. There’s shopping to be done, deadlines to be met, friends and family obligations to be fulfilled, and so on. As tension and anxiety runs high, so too do the hormones that make stress chemicals. With all this added stress, it’s easy to lose focus on our goals and meditation practice. You probably think you know what I’m going to say next—now is the best time to turn off the outward stimulation and go deeper within. While yes, I am [...]

26 11, 2016

The Power of Gratitude

In October of 1621, what is commonly referred to as the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated as a way for the pilgrims to give thanks for their first harvest in the New World. Little did the 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans present know that in the very act of gratitude, by giving thanks for the bounty they had harvested and the friendships they created, they were boosting their immune system. How do we know this? Last winter at our Advanced Workshop in Tacoma Washington, we performed a study on gratitude whereby we took 120 people and measured their cortisol and [...]

11 11, 2016

How To Become That Which We Are Seeking

“Genius is a crisis that joins the buried self, for certain moments, to our daily mind.” ­William Butler Yeats The 13th Century mystic Saint Francis of Assisi claimed we are that which we are seeking. For the last two weeks, at two back-to-back Advanced Workshop in Cancun, Mexico, I witnessed more than a thousand of our genius students do exactly that—they became their future. Do you ever wonder why I always call our students geniuses? Because in the original sense of the word, genius means attendant spirit—being in the care of something unseen but near. In this case, that unseen [...]

28 10, 2016

Leaving the Nest

We are all creative geniuses. You may not think of yourself as creative in the traditional sense, but every day you make a choice—consciously or unconsciously—you’re creating your life and the experiences that fill it. While many of these choices are based on familiar past experiences, when we sit down to meditate, our intention is to create a novel future. Often times, however, when we’re trying to create something new in our life or solve a creative conundrum, we find ourselves coming up against the same walls and obstacles, and no matter what we do, we can’t seem to circumvent [...]

14 10, 2016

Practical Tips to Living an Abundant Life

What does abundance mean to you? Since it means something different to everyone, I want to challenge each of you with a task. Spend some time when you have a moment to come up with your own working definition of it. Why? Because if you don’t have a clear definition of abundance, or anything you want or desire, then you can’t achieve it. After speaking to thousands of people over the years regarding their beliefs about abundance, the most common misconception I encounter is that most people have been conditioned into the idea that when you are in possession of [...]

30 09, 2016

The Nature of Nurture and the Nurture of Nature

Have you ever wondered why, despite our best efforts, certain situations cause us to act like our parents? While we often think of this as a learned behavioral mechanism, new research by Dr. Brian Dias from Emory University points to nature playing a role, suggesting it’s possible some information is biologically inherited through chemical changes that occur in DNA. He came to this conclusion in a study which uncovered the fact that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences—in this case, a fear of the smell of cherry blossom—to subsequent generations. This provides compelling evidence for the [...]

17 09, 2016

Navigating the Labyrinth of the Unknown

Does this sound familiar? For months you’ve been focused on a goal or outcome. Every time you sit down to meditate you’re so present with your future that you’re ‘in your future.’ You can smell it, feel it, taste it, touch it, hear it, see it—it’s practically a part of you. It’s a distant-future memory that you’re living into, and in your daily meditations you emotionally invest in how incredible your future will feel. It seems as if it’s in reach, almost tangible, and then—and then comes the day you brush up against it. Your future shows up in your [...]

3 09, 2016

Entangled Minds

Do you think it’s possible to see images in your dreams if someone is thinking them to you? British psychologists Simon Sherwood and Chris Roe of University College Northhampton say, yes. In 2003, after analyzing 47 separate dream experiments involving 1,270 individual trials, the duo found the overall accuracy in receiving an image was 59.1 percent. According to chance and the science of random event generators, like a coin toss it should have been 50 percent. But according to the odds of the results being chance, the statistics of the experiment were calculated at an astronomical 22 billion to one. [...]

20 08, 2016

Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives

A lot of people who come to our workshops are very sick. While we’ve witnessed countless miraculous healings, not everyone makes it to the other side of recovery. I say this because recently we’ve lost some beloved members of our community. Many of you attended workshops with these people and formed deep bonds and friendships. Others of you have seen them as true inspirations who caused you to believe in yourself even more. When we lose people we care about we often find ourselves asking, why did someone who possessed such a will to live have to die? Speaking from [...]